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Edited highlights of closing comments at the WA Guitar Ensemble Festival

"Listening to these ensembles has been an absolute privilege so its an honour for us to witness a weekend like this. For us interstate guitarists this is an absolutely enviable thing that you guys have got going on here. I don't see anywhere else in the world where there are so many guitar ensembles and so much amazing teaching happening at schools and privately and at universities.

"Last weekend was the international guitar festival in Adelaide where I've been the musical director for a few years. It's a competition with a large prize and is a very difficult competition to win. There are always 16 semi-finalists and this year there were six from Perth, two from Melbourne, one from Sydney, a few from Brisbane and a few international players. Having six from Perth is a tribute to what's happening here at schools and so I'd like to thank all the teachers for leading this and inspiring everyone. Thank you for supporting the guitar so much."

- Slava Grigoryan, August 2016

The Classic Guitar Society of Western Australia is a voluntary, non-profit making organisation incorporated in 1960 aiming to promote playing and appreciation of the classic guitar and to foster camaraderie amongst its members.

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The objectives of the Society are to:

  • encourage the playing and appreciation of the classical guitar amongst the broader musical and general community;
  • promote performance by guitarists through varied means;
  • facilitate the development of student guitarists;
  • foster camaraderie amongst teachers, students and those interested in the objectives of the Society;
  • provide members with free access to Society functions and discounted entry to Society concerts at the discretion of the Committee;
  • keep members informed in matters relevant to these objectives;
  • co-operate with those elsewhere who share similar objectives; and
  • encourage local guitar makers and development of the guitar repertoire.

Upcoming Events

25th October 2016 (Tuesday) - 7.30pm

Guitar Kaleidoscope

Performed by WAAPA guitar students

Presenting the diversity of guitar music from around the globe.

Venue: Kurongkurl Katijin Gallery (ECU, Mount Lawley, Building 15)


30th October 2016 (Sunday) - 10:00am

Children’s Corner Concert - The FIDDLESTICKS Ensemble

A fun and educational show for kids (2-12) (and big kids)!!!

A wonderful chance to introduce your children to the wonders of live classical music and also a great opportunity to wear Halloween costumes and have fun!

Close your eyes and listen. What do you hear? What do you imagine? From scary Norwegian trolls and mountain kings to epic Arabian sabre fights, from fiery Spanish tangos to lively Scottish jigs, Fiddlesticks take children on an imaginary journey across the world! This trio of guitar, violin and cello will open young minds by weaving exciting stories through the magic of live music performance. The trio will have children up and dancing, sharing imaginary stories about the music and singing, swaying and dreaming along to their music. With a repertoire spanning classical, tango, world, contemporary and original music, Fiddlesticks really show the things you can do with strings!

Tickets: $15 each, $55 family (of 4)

Tickets and more information available at www.cappuccino-concerts.com.au/node/438.

30th October 2016 (Sunday) - 4:00pm

FIRE and ICE! Music to Ignite the Soul.

Cappuccino Concerts presents their Concert Season Finale.

Fiddlesticks Ensemble inspires and opens minds by weaving exciting stories through the magic of live music performance.

Fresh from recitals across Hong Kong for Music Viva this trio of guitar, violin and cello promise a concert of music to ignite the soul and inspire the senses. The programme will feature gorgeous ballads and dances from ancient Scotland, England and Ireland, fiery South American tangos and Spanish dances, acoustic arrangements of hits by the Beatles and Britney Spears and heartfelt originals.

Tickets: Adult $28, Con. $23, Child (5-18) $12, Family $66

Tickets and more information available at www.cappuccino-concerts.com.au/node/439.

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